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The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California

The Talon

News Briefs: Issue 3

Clubs raise money for disaster relief

The Asian Student Union (ASU) and Vietnamese Filipino Union (VFU) have joined together to raise relief money for the recent natural disasters in the Asian Pacific.

The clubs initially planned to use food-oriented fundraisers, but due to state law restrictions they are now considering a “box drive,” similar to that of One Dollar for Life, or planning a fundraising event. They hope to make money during first semester so the relief is more timely, and they plan to raise “at least $100,” according to ASU treasurer junior Gary Yu.

“This is the natural disaster of our time right now,” Gary said. “I’m surprised at the amount of attention it’s received [because] it hasn’t hit many [newspapers]. Maybe it is just because it is so far away, it seems so much further away than it is.”

Fall Art Show to take place next week

The Art Department is holding its annual Fall Art Show on Friday, November 20 in the cafeteria.

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“[Art] is a very personal thing,” Art Department Coordinator Christine An said. “[The students] … spent so much time creating it in their own head. And that makes it personal.”

The show displays all mediums of art from drawing, painting, crafts and photography and showcases work from all art classes.

“To show your art means that you actually drew something good,” senior Zoe Winner said.

According to An, the art show benefits art students because “it’s encouraging for other people to … validate the art.”

Teachers can sign up their classes to visit during a given period, giving students the opportunity to appreciate their peers’ works.

School offers parent meetings for college

This year, the College/Career Center has begun hosting monthly coffee meetings with parents interested in an open college information forum.

Two meetings have already been held, with about 40 attendees each. The first meeting’s emphasis was on generalities, including tests scores and the admissions process, and the second emphasized the actual applications themselves.

“I think it’s all very helpful to them,” College/Career Center Coordinator Kristin Joseph said. “They answer questions amongst themselves, too.”

Meetings are held in the mornings in the College/Career Center. Joseph has guaranteed them through the end of December, but has not yet decided on whether to continue through second semester.

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